Nokia’s wireless-charging mobile

The beautifully designed Lumia 930 also boasts a 20-megapixel camera

Image: Hugh Threlfall

The new Nokia Lumia 930 is one of the most attractive phones ever made. A combination of the build quality, brilliantly coloured backs (which are not only crazily cool but also make the phone easier than most to find) and the tiled beauty of the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system make this a lovely and supremely futuristic gadget to have lying seductively around the house.

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There’s another thing, though. The Lumia 930 comes with wireless charging – that holy grail occasionally attempted by technologists, but never very well. The neat charging disc that comes with the phone still needs access to the mains, but it makes your kitchen worksurface, desk or wherever you habitually charge phones at home a great deal neater because the wires can be hidden. You just drop the Lumia onto the disc and it charges – the process works by induction, as invented by Michael Faraday in the 19th century, but the effect is very much 21st century. Let broken power leads be a thing of the past. Other fine features include a superb AMOLED screen, free Microsoft Office apps and a corking 20-megapixel camera.

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